Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Senko Fishing with Roland Martin

Nobody knows more about worm fishing then legendary angler Roland Martin. With 9 BASS Angler of the Year awards and 40 years of being a TV host, Roland knows his worming. Listen here as Roland teaches all of us how to be a better worm fisherman.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shimano Targets Youth Through Bass Tournaments

Shimano Starting them Young
Originally posted in Angling-International

Tackle giant Shimano has announced a wide ranging initiative that is aimed at youngsters taking part in bass fishing tournaments – one of the fastest growing collegiate sports in North America.
Announcing the launch of its Youth Fishing Programme, Steve Ferrara, Shimano Fishing Division Vice President, said the scheme aims to educate high school and college-age anglers about the company’s tackle to help them enjoy more fishing success, create lifetime relationships even beyond their time on the water and teach them about the sustainable use of the resource.
“We want them to further appreciate the sport in more ways than just catching big bass,” he said.
Frank Hyla, who has been active on the high school bass fishing scene in Illinois since its inception in 2008, will lead Shimano’s efforts as its Youth Fishing Coordinator. Laying the groundwork for this, Hyla has attended more than 200 tournaments and youth fishing group meetings over the last year to talk about Shimano, its tackle and advocacy efforts.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving America!

As you enjoy your Thanksgiving, please take care when using a deep fryer. Don't take my word for it, listen to the boys from Duck Dynasty.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Rapala Canada Teams with Suunto Watches

Suunto Traverse Alpha style and ruggedness! 

Looking of the right hunting and fishing watch and wish to make a statement? Check out Suunto. Handmade in Finland, the Traverse Alpha meets the toughest Military standards while offering a robust set of hunting- and fishing-specific features. Unique to Suunto, the new automatic shot recognition feature uses the integrated accelerometer to detect when a shot is fired and automatically creates a point of interest (POI) based on that location, enabling hunters to accurately track shot distance and elevation.  The watch lasts as long as the hunt takes, with a remarkable 100 hours of battery life with GPS enabled.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Non-Boater Ryan Lavigne Wins 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Lake Conroe.

Three going to 2017 Classic!
Ryan Lavigne of Gonzales, La., pulled off a major upset at the 2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Sunday on Lake Conroe.
Darrel Ocamica, Tim Klinger and Ryan Lavigne are Classic bound!
(Photo: BASS)
Lavigne won the tournament as an unlikely candidate — a nonboater — and won it by an enormous margin, 16 1/2 pounds.
The Ascension Area Anglers bass club member bested the field with 58 pounds, 3 ounces over three days of competition, including a 24-0 bag on Sunday.
As part of his win, he earned a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, March 24-26, along with his two closest competitors, Darrell Ocamica of Idaho and Timothy Klinger of Nevada.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Next generation HELIX® products feature MEGA Imaging™ with CHIRP digital sonar

When the Humminbird® HELIX® 10 took home the 2016 ICAST award for “Best Electronics,” few were surprised. After all, Humminbird has raised that trophy for six consecutive years. For 2017, the now iconic HELIX units offer more industry-leading technologies with exclusive new Humminbird innovations designed to deliver better, more usable information about what lies below the surface.
MEGA Imaging™ with CHIRP digital sonar delivers unprecedented detail
With a sonar frequency nearly 3-times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies, Humminbird is the first to take fish-finding sonar to the megahertz range, resulting in the clearest, sharpest underwater views. The quantum leap to megahertz frequency provides vastly improved MEGA Side Imaging™ and MEGA Down Imaging™, giving anglers a clear choice when it comes to underwater sonar.
According to Mark Gibson, Humminbird Director of R&D, “Our team has dedicated itself to developing the best imaging technology on the water, and the result is unreal screen detail and never-before-seen clarity. It truly needs to be seen to be believed.”
AUTOCHART® Live expands with vegetation and bottom density mapping
When Humminbird first introduced AUTOCHART Live in 2015, it allowed anglers to map the depth of their favorite body of water, revealing some of the best hiding places for fish. No longer constrained by outdated paper maps or tribal knowledge, it was a step forward for fishermen everywhere. Now, Humminbird has expanded this technology even further.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Speed Kills with the Abu Garica Revo Rocket

The Abu Garica is one of the fastest reels on the planet. Abu Garica has made sure to back up that speed with strong gear and plenty of muscle. Find out more of this 9.0:1 speed demon.

Packing a lightning fast 9.0:1 gear ratio, the lightweight Abu Garcia REVO Rocket Casting Reel is the fastest low-profile reel to ever hit the market. It pulls in an impressive 37-inches per turn to take the slack out of any line, and it’s also extremely tough thanks to its corrosion-resistant X2-Craftic Alloy Frame and Sideplates.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Lew's Sold to a Private Equity Group

Lew's sold to Peak Rock Capital
By Luigi De Rose 
Lew's, a Springfield, Missouri-based company has just been taken over by Peak Rock. Lew's has been doing outstanding as of late, winning multiple ICAST awards at the 2016, and has focused on producing reels, rods and line for the fresh water and in-shore angler.

According to Angler International, who first broke the story, Peter Leibman, Managing Director of Peak Rock Capital, stated that they find Lew’s has a strong competitive position within the fishing category and a rich history of innovation.

Customers shouldn't notice any major changes in Lew's as it undergoes this change in ownership.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

To all the brave men and women of past and present who keep us Canadian.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Telling Our Story

As we observe Remembrance Day tomorrow, we often think of the many brave people who gave their lives so we can be free. One of the greatest gifts that veterans ensured was the ability to freely enjoy the outdoors. In North America we can enjoy so much. Here's a great video produced by the Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunters on Telling Our Story.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning Reel with Andrew Wheeler

The Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning reel is fast, smooth and ultra light. Made with excellent gears and ball bearings, Andrew Wheeler proudly takes us through the many great features of the Abu Garica Revo SX Spinning reel.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Pat Fisher Wins 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Lake!

In the fall of 2008, after five years as a co-angler and eight years as a pro on the Walmart FLW Tour, Pat Fisher lost his spot on the Snickers team, and he was forced to hang it up. Today, finishing off his first season fishing above the BFL level since 2008, the Colbert, Ga., pro moved from third to first to win the Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Lake. Weighing 15 pounds even today, Fisher’s 40-4 total was good for the win and $50,200.
Fisher makes big comeback to FLW.
(Photo: FLW)
“I didn’t have enough money for entry fees or another backup sponsor that could put up that kind of money,” says Fisher of his exit from pro fishing. “We lost everything; lost the house, didn’t have a job. I went from making $120,000 a year to $15 an hour. There was a lot of soul searching.
“I own a roofing company now, and I’m raising three boys and have a wife,” says Fisher. “I had a gentleman call me from Paul Davis Restorations this year, who asked if I wanted to try to get back into it, to fish the Costas. I said the only way I’d do it is if they paid for it, and they said they’d pay for everything. So we did it.”
Fishing the Southeastern Division, Fisher finished ninth out of 250 boats to start the season at Okeechobee. At Santee Cooper, Fisher finished second and would have won had Bryan Thrift not brought in a 30-pound bag. At Wheeler Lake, Fisher finished 54th and punched his ticket to the Championship.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Day 3: Zack Birge Grabs Lead 26-5lbs.

A lengthy fog delay and clear, post-frontal conditions scrambled the standings and the fishing on day two of the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship, but Walmart FLW Tour pro Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., came through with flying colors. Catching 13 pounds, 13 ounces of Table Rock bass, Birge moved from 13th to first with a total of 26 pounds, 5 ounces. In second place, Cody Bird of Granbury, Texas, is a few ounces back with 25-15.
Zack might have enough to win back to back.
(Photo: FLW)
Birge has a penchant for going way up rivers, and he’s proved that he can be successful in skinny water time and time again. From his win in the FLW Series Championship on Wheeler Lake in 2014 to top 10s at Lewis Smith Lake and the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, the man excels when he’s going farther than anyone else.
“Today I went somewhere different than yesterday,” says Birge. “Way, way, way up one of the rivers. I didn’t fish more than about a 100-yard stretch all day, and I caught about three limits of smallmouths on a crankbait.”

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock Day 1: Fisher Leads with 15-03lbs.

Table Rock is stingy
FLW Press Release
After four tough days of practice, most anglers figured that the fishing would be a real struggle at the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship on Table Rock. Though the weights after day one certainly aren’t up to the lofty standards that Table Rock sets when the weather is cold, every pro in the top 10 brought in at least 13 pounds on day one. At the head of the pack, Pat Fisher of Colbert, Ga., wrangled up 15 pounds, 3 ounces for a slim margin over second-place pro Bradford Beavers of Ridgeville, S.C., who weighed 14-13
“It’s a surprise. It’s a very good surprise,” says Fisher of his day. “I made a long run, a lot of fish got beat up in there in practice, up where I was. But, I was the only one in there today, and I just stuck with it.”
Though Fisher weighed quality throughout and landed nine keepers, a big kicker really keyed his day.
“That big fish was my third fish,” says Fisher. “There was a little stretch there when they were feeding, and that really set the tone for the day. I haven’t seen a fish that big all week.”
Well away from the ramp and way in the back of a creek, Fisher adapted perfectly to the calm and overcast conditions that loomed over the field all morning.
“I’d been catching them on a shaky head in the bright sun and the clear water,” says Fisher, “but this morning with the overcast they came up and ate topwater. I had a pretty consistent day, just catching them all day long on a topwater bait. When I wanted to catch one, I picked up a shaky head, but they weren’t the size I was looking for.”
Though the area he’s fishing isn’t huge, Fisher seems fairly confident that it has enough juice for at least another day. He doesn’t think he leaned on them too hard, and he says that he only saw one other boat back in that general area today.
Top 10 Pros
1. Pat Fisher – Colbert, Ga. – 15-3 (5)
2. Bradford Beavers – Ridgeville, S.C. – 14-13 (5)
3. Christopher Jones – Bokoshe, Okla. – 14-9 (5)
4. Cody Bird – Granbury, Texas – 14-5 (5)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Registration Open on the 8th!

Bass anglers hoping for a spot in the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens tournaments will soon be able to apply, B.A.S.S. announced today. Registration opens for members of the B.A.S.S. Nation and Lifetime members of B.A.S.S. beginning on November 8.

New this year in registration for the Opens is the ability of pro anglers to “link” with co-anglers during online signup. Like other pro-am events, Opens participation is limited to an equal number of anglers and co-anglers. By “linking” or ensuring the participation of a co-angler, anglers can improve their odds of getting into the tournaments.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Who Has the Right on Public Water? Mike "Ike" Iaconelli and Local Angler Scrap it Out!

Who does have the right?
By Luigi De Rose

This topic has come to a head a few times in 2016; conflict between fisherman and tournament angler.  Many cry foul during an event when a local comes in too close. It’s never cool to squeeze someone out of their fishing area but who really does have the right?  How many tournament guys have arrived at their best spot, spied a few boats fishing only to ignore them and willingly go right in. Their excuse is often that money is on the line so they just have to fish their best spot. If you own an aluminum boat, especially a Jon boat, I would say this has happened to you and probably very often. 

The pressing question is how much space does someone really need? Are you entitled to have 50m, 100m or 1km or jack squat? The unwritten rule of "first come first served" has always worked in the past but you cannot always be first. Regardless of which side you're on in this argument, have a look at this video and determine for yourself if Ike violated the respect of another angler.